Real OC Housewife Headed for Divorce, Accused of Adultery

Celebrity News Jan. 7, 2010 AT 6:00PM
Real OC Housewife Headed for Divorce, Accused of Adultery Credit: Katy Winn/Getty Images for IMG

Here's a not-so-sunny forecast in the OC: Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney has been served divorce papers by husband Simon Barney. In papers posted at RadarOnline, Simon contends that his wife "has been verbally abusive and has committed acts of disloyalty and infidelity."

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The couple have been married for 11 years and have three children, ages four, nine and ten; Tamra, 42, has an older son, Ryan, 23, from a previous marriage. Tamra's marriage troubles have been documented on the current season of Bravo's hit reality series.  The strong-willed pair have butted heads in recent episodes over financial troubles, Tamra's desire to re-enter the workforce, her troubled son Ryan, and her friendship with fellow housewife Vicki Gunvalson.

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RadarOnline reports that Tamra had moved out of their shared home earlier this week into an apartment -- but had been unaware that Simon was filing divorce papers.

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Update: A rep for Bravo tells UsMagazine.com that Tamra has "no comment" at this time -- until next week, that is. "She is going to share her story first on Bravo's  Watch What Happens Show hosted by Andy Cohen, airing next Thursday at  midnight."

In a BravoTV.com blog post Dec. 11, Simon defended his bad rep as a "controlling evil husband," as he puts it.

"I have been presented over and over as being controlling. Yes, it’s true! I admit it again. I am controlling! Controlling the damage and protecting my family. If you have seen my wife in the last few seasons, you know that if I was controlling I must suck at it."

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He added: "Being on a reality show is not my priority in life. My wife and children's happiness and well being is."

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